Little Blue Heron at Terrapin Nature Park.

Sandy Point was good enough this morning-not spectacular, but worth a photo.

Terrapin was much more interesting, including a Little Blue Heron, which I haven’t seen there in the past, and a few migrants.

CBEC was slow, with only a few waders, Barn Swallows and some Green Herons.

Sandy Point 494

Sandy Point 495

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Greater Yellowlegs 2017-27

Several Greater Yellowlegs were searching for food in the lake.

Chickadee 2017-10

This Chickadee posed nicely.

Green Heron 2017-25

CBEC seems to have more Green Herons than usual.

Orchard Oriole 2017-21

This Orchard Oriole may have been passing through.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher 2017-9

I haven’t seen a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher for a while.

Flycatcher 2017-1

This appears to be an Eastern Wood Peewee.

Cardinal 2017-10

I found this Cardinal as I was leaving.

Snowy Egret 2017-68 Snowy Egret 2017-67

Snowy Egret 2017-65

A few Snowy Egrets were feeding in the marsh.

Great Egret 2017-98

This Great Egret is from Bombay Hook.

Forster's Tern 2017-57 Forster's Tern 2017-55

Forster's Tern 2017-56

Forster's Tern 2017-54

At Terrapin, Forster’s Terns often fish too far away for a good shot.

Snowy Egret 2017-66

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Little Blue Heron 2017-2

This Little Blue Heron has a small stick. which he used to stir up the water to attract small fish.

Double Crested Cormorant at Blackwater NWR.

It looked like good weather, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. I’ve been told the Cormorants like to fish at dawn, so I spent some time trying to catch them, and had a little luck. They tend to surface with their catch in their mouths, then swallow it quickly, so it took good timing to catch them at the right moment.

I did the usual rounds on Wildlife Drive, and spent a little time at the visitor center looking for butterflies, without much luck.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-31

The gang hanging around at the dock.

Dock 3

Another look at the dock.

Purple Martin 2017-23

Purple Martin 2017-24

Purple Martin 2017-22

There’s a few Purple Martins hanging around the visitor center.

Song Sparrow 2017-8

I’m not sure yet, but this may be a Grasshopper Sparrow.

Osprey 2017-103

This Osprey was looking for breakfast.

Great Blue Heron 2017-81

Great Blue Herons are far more patient than I am.

Chickadee 2017-9

Chickadees can often be found near the nuthatches.

Catbird 2017-6

I haven’t seen a Catbird in quite a while.

 

Orchard Oriole 2017-20

Orchard Oriole 2017-19

The Orchard Oriole had a nest at the visitor center.

 

Forster's Tern 2017-53

A few Forster’s Terns seem to feed regularly at Blackwater.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-61

The Red Headed Woodpeckers are still very active.

Great Egret 2017-96

I like the way Great Egrets look in a tree.

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-25

Brown Headed Nuthatches are easy to find, with a little patience.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-30Double Crested Cormorant 2017-29

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-28

The Cormorants were very active in the early light.

Butterfly 63

Yesterday’s lone butterfly.

Forster’s Tern at Bombay Hook, NWR.

I set out for Blackwater this morning, failed to pay attention and ended up in Bombay Hook. Oh, well, it worked out.

There weren’t as many wading birds, and birds in general were in short supply, but there were enough to keep me very busy for a while.

I got some good reflection shots, and the Forster’s Terns were very cooperative.

Someone must be feeding the Foxes, because 3 young ones approached me and seemed very tame.

We had rain yesterday morning, but I got to Quiet Waters for a while to experiment with my macro setup. I’ve been putting the Raynox 150 on the Nikkor 70-300, and I can get some really good results if I can mange the focus, which can be tricky as you’re so close.

American Copper 1

This is an American Copper Butterfly, a first for me.

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Great Blue Heron 2017-80

This Great Blue Heron seemed to be studying his reflection.

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Forster's Tern 2017-50

Several Forster’s Terns were fishing and feeding young.

Great Egret 2017-94

Great Egret 2017-95

I saw the possibilities in this pair of Great Egrets, and it turned out well.

Red Winged Blackbird 2017-101

Red Winged Blackbirds are everywhere in the marsh.

Common Yellowthroat 2017-5

Common Yellowthroat 2017-6

I spotted this Common Yellowthroat and was lucky to get close enough for a decent image.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2017-

Black Crowned Night Herons seem to always be in the same area (Bear Swamp Pool).

Eastern Kingbird 2017-24

Several Eastern Kingbirds were flycatching in the marsh.

Bald Eagle 2017-147

Bald Eagle 2017-148

These Bald Eagle seemed content to observe the passing cars.

Laughing Gull 2017-6

I found this Laughing Gull at dawn.

Goldfinch 2017-12

Many Goldfinches were foraging along the roadside.

Killdeer 2017-11

There were more Killdeer than usual.

Butterfly 62 Insect 796 Katydid 14 Insect 795 Caterpillar 227 Tussock Moth Nymph 8 Insect 794 Skipper 52 Skipper 51 Dragonfly 110 Dragonfly 109 Dragonfly 108 Butterfly 61 Skipper 50 Insect 793 Dragonfly 107 Dragonfly 106 Dragonfly 105 Dragonfly 104 Dragonfly 103 Butterfly 60

Monarch 50

Yesterday’s bugs.

Least Sandpiper at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

Sandy Point was much better to me this morning, with a decent sunrise.  There were far too many fishermen, however, so I’ll avoid the place on weekends in the future.

I skipped Terrapin altogether and went straight to CBEC, which had pretty much the same cast as yesterday, with the addition of an eagle.

I made a brief stop at Quiet Waters this afternoon, and found a few decent bugs.

Sandy Point 491

Sandy Point 492

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Snowy Egret 2017-62 Snowy Egret 2017-61

Snowy Egret 2017-60

A few Snowy Egrets flew over early.

Forster's Tern 2017-40

Forster's Tern 2017-39

Forster’s Terns are still very active.

Greater Yellowlegs 2017-26

Greater Yellowlegs 2017-25

Greater Yellowlegs 2017-24

This Greater Yellowlegs was foraging near me.

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Tri-colored Heron 2017-5

The Tr-colored Herons are still hanging out.

Osprey 2017-101

A single Osprey was cruising the lake.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-23

Eastern King birds are often found in pairs.

Bald Eagle 2017-145

Bald Eagle 2017-146

This probably a 4-5 year old Bald Eagle.

Least Sandpiper 2017-4

I see Least Sandpipers in many places.

Dragonfly 109 Dragonfly 108 Butterfly 61 Skipper 50 Insect 793 Dragonfly 107 Dragonfly 106 Dragonfly 105 Dragonfly 104 Dragonfly 103 Butterfly 60 Butterfly 59 Dragonfly 102

Dragonfly 110

Today’s bugs.

 

 

 

Tri-colored Heron at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

Sandy Point failed me again. There’s a web site that’s supposed to predict sunrise colors, and it’s proving to be worthless.  Not a single image.

Terrapin was a disappointment as well, so I left there sooner than usual and went to CBEC. I’d heard there was a Fox showing up recently, and I saw it right away. I found it later as well, but couldn’t get a shot.

The lake was  well populated with egrets, herons and a few Ibises, as well as Osprey and sandpipers. A very good morning.

Deer-66

I was lucky to catch this White Tailed Deer before she disappeared.

Fox 77

This Fox looked to be chasing a rabbit.

Snowy Egret 2017-59

There were 30-40 Snowy Egrets and several Great Egrets on the lake.

Common Yellowthroat 2017-3

Common Yellowthroat 2017-4

I don’t often see Common Yellowthroat Warblers at CBEC.

Least Sandpiper 2017-3

A flock of 15-20 Least Sandpipers was foraging around the edge of the lake.

Forster's Tern 2017-36

Forster's Tern 2017-37

It’s my week for Forster’s Terns.

Osprey 2017-99

This Osprey is carrying nesting material very late in the season.

Greater Yellowlegs 2017-23

A few Greater Yellowlegs were feeding with the Egrets.

Tri-colored Heron 2017-1

Tri-colored Heron 2017-2

I haven’t seen a Tr-colored Heron at CBEC for two years.

Green Heron 2017-24

I was just barely able to see this Heron in the phragmite.

Glossy Ibis 2017-14

2-3 Glossy Ibis were feeding with the Egrets.

Barn Swallow 2017-31

A dozen or so Barn Swallows are still hanging out at CBEC.

Cardinal 2017-9

This Cardinal has found a Praying Mantis.

Brown Thrasher 2017-9

Brown Thrasher 2017-8

This Brown Thrasher has a very large bug I don’t recognize.

 

 

Eastern Kingbird at Blackwater NWR.

I haven’t heard anything good about the local spots, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. I spoke with a volunteer, who thinks the lack of birds has to do with the heat and humidity, and she may be right. She directed me to the visitor center, which I visit only rarely, and I found a few birds there.

There far fewer birds along Wildlife Drive, so I guess we’ll have to wait for cooler weather for more variety and quantity.

Blackwater Dawn 19

Blackwater Dawn.

Dock 2

Another try at the dock on Key Wallace Drive.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-24

There’s always a few Cormorants and gulls hanging around at the dock.

Barn Swallow 2017-30

There’s still plenty of Barn Swallows around.

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Double Crested Cormorant 2017-26

This Double Crested Cormorant wasn’t having much luck.

Purple Martin 2017-20 Purple Martin 2017-19

Purple Martin 2017-21

A few Purple Martins were cruising for bugs at the visitor center.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-21 Eastern Kingbird 2017-20

Eastern Kingbird 2017-22

This Eastern Kingbird flew right over my head.

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Forster's Tern 2017-35

Many Forster’s Terns were roosting in the marsh.

Great Egret 2017-92

Great Egret 2017-93

This lone Great Egret was on Wildlife Drive.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-59

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-60

The Red Headed Woodpeckers were very vocal today.

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-23

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-24

It’s a treat to watch Brown Headed Nuthatches up close.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2017-10 Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2017-9 Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2017-8

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2017-11

There’s a nice flower garden at the visitor center, which attracts Hummingbirds and butterflies.

Skunk 9

My Skunk buddy was right in the middle of the road this morning.

Blue Grosbeak at Blackwater NWR.

Back to Blackwater this morning. I didn’t have that much luck yesterday, so it seemed worth a try. I was very surprised at the lack of wading birds, and birds in general were fewer.

I tried DeCoursey Bridge and the bridge on Key Wallace as well, but there wasn’t a lot going on there either.

I still ended up with a few decent shots, so it will have to do.

Skunk 8

I found this Skunk along Wildlife Drive.

Purple Martin 2017-17

Purple Martin 2017-16

These Purple Martins are probably grouping for migration.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-58

The Red Headed Woodpeckers were very active. but didn’t pose well.

Laughing Gull 2017-5

This Laughing Gull was on Key Wallace Drive.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-19

Eastern Kingbirds are still numerous.

Orchard Oriole 2017-18

Two Orchard Orioles were foraging on Wildlife Drive.

Orchard Oriole 2017-17

Green Heron 2017-23

Two Green Herons were calling loudly.

Winter Wren 2017-1

This is a Winter Wren, and a mild surprise.

Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-22

Blackwater is a good place to find Brown Headed Nuthatches.

Chickadee 2017-8

Chickadees seem to do well everywhere.

Osprey 2017-98

This young Osprey is just learning how to hunt.

Blue Grosbeak 2017-6

This appears to be a juvenile Blue Grosbeak.

 

Monarch 49

Monarchs seem to be doing well.

Dragonfly 102

Many of these Red Dragonflies are found along Wildlife Drive.

Spicebush Swallowtail 29

Spicebush Swallowtails are numerous also.

Green Heron at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

I started at Sandy Point once again, and didn’t get a single worthwhile image. Seems to be a real crap shoot.

Terrapin was slow, with just a Wood Duck, who seems to have lost two more chicks, and a few Terns.

CBEC  was better, with lots of Egrets, Sandpipers, other waders, Ospreys and more Green Herons than I’ve ever seen in one place.

Photo opps were limited due to distance, but I did get a couple of decent shots.

Goldfinch 2017-11

This Goldfinch was very cooperative.

Common Yellowthroat 2017-2

I haven’t seen many Common Yellowthroats this year.

Common Yellowthroat 2017-1

Common Yellowthroat 2017-2

I haven’t seen many Common Yellowthroats this year.

Carolina Wren 2017-4

This Carolina Wren was at Terrapin.

Wood Duck 2017-81

Wood Duck 2017-80

There were 4 Wood Duck chicks just a few days ago.

Red Winged Blackbird 2017-99

Red Winged Blackbird 2017-100

You can count on finding a Red Winged Blackbird at Terrapin.

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Forster's Tern 2017-30

A few Forster’s Terns were fishing at Terrapin and CBEC.

Osprey 2017-97

This Osprey was on the entrance road to CBEC.

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Green Heron 2017-20

I saw at least 8 Green Herons at CBEC.

 

 

Glossy Ibis at Bombay Hook.

I made the 75 mile trek to Bombay Hook this morning, just to see what might be showing up there.  It’s a big marsh, and they often have birds we don’t see here.

I saw Avocets and Ibises, and a few flyover birds I didn’t recognize, but it wasn’t as active as in the past. Still, there was plenty of action and it was worth the trek.

Goldfinch 2017-10

Many Goldfinches were feeding near the marsh.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2017-5

Black Crowned Night Heron 2017-6

Black Crowned Night Herons nest at Bombay Hook.

Laughing Gull 2017-4

Mallard 2017-31

I saw only a few Mallards.

Sanderling 2017-2

These appear to be Sanderlings.

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Forster's Tern 2017-26

Many Forster’s Terns were fishing in the marsh.

Snowy Egret 2017-57

Many Snowy Egrets were foraging.

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Great Egret 2017-91

Great Egrets were also numerous.

Glossy Ibis 2017-13

A flock of about 10 Glossy Ibises flew over early this morning.

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Snapping Turtle 26

This large Snapping Turtle may have been looking for a place to lay her eggs.

Mud Turtle 1

This Mud Turtle is missing his left front foot, but seems to get around just fine.

 

Fox 75

Fox 76

This young Fox was almost fearless.

 

Orchard Oriole at Blackwater NWR.

I had a very good day today. The weather was perfect, with good light, and the birds cooperated very nicely.

The cast of characters at Blackwater is changing a bit, with more Terns and Snowy Egrets  and fewer large wading birds.

I got some good looks at the Terns and my Red Headed friend,as well as some Purple Martins who are getting ready to migrate soon.

Blackwater Dawn 18

Blackwater Dawn.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-18

This Eastern Kingbird was the first bird I saw this morning.

Snowy Egret 2017-55

Snowy Egret 2017-56

Snowy Egrets are just arriving at Blackwater.

Chickadee 2017-7

I c aught this Chickadee at the right moment.

Barn Swallow 2017-29

The Barn Swallow colony is still at the bridge.

Great Blue Heron 2017-75

This Great Blue Heron appeared to be chilling.

Tree Swallow 2017-68

Many Tree Swallows were feeding along Wildlife Drive.

Great Egret 2017-87

I only found 4 Great Egrets this morning.

Green Heron 2017-16

2 Green Herons were resting along the roadside.

Forster's Tern 2017-18

Many Forster’s Terns were roosting in the marsh.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-56

The bird on the left is a juvenile.

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-55

Red Headed Woodpecker 2017-57

The Red Headed Woodpeckers are still very active.

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Forster's Tern 2017-18

Many Forster’s Terns were roosting in the marsh.

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Bald Eagle 2017-144

There’s always several Bald Eagle to be seen at Blackwater.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-19

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-20

These Double Crested Cormorants are at the bridge on Key Wallace Drive.

Orchard Oriole 2017-16

I haven’t seen an Orchard Oriole in awhile.